Cedar Rapids

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It doesn't feel like spring, but the new Midwest League baseball season begins Thursday night. And the Quad Cities River Bandits will begin defending their league title, hosting Cedar Rapids at Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport. 

Scott County officials want businesses to be prepared for a mass shooting. Next week, the county's Emergency Management Agency will host an active shooter workshop at Augustana College.

News headlines for the morning of January 15, 2018:

Sandburg President will Leave Next Year

Dec 14, 2017
Carl Sandburg College

Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids will soon have its first female president.  Doctor Lori Sundberg will take office next August.

The Gazette (Ced.Rapids) (Andy Abeyta/Freelance)

Nine years after a record-setting flood, Cedar Rapids is still trying to recover, now beginning to work on a floodwall.

Courtesy of Iowa Flood Center

All Cedar Rapids wants is money it's already been promised. And three members of Iowa's congressional delegation are renewing their efforts to get a $73 million federal grant to build a flood wall.

Cedar Rapids still hasn't fully recovered from the 2008 flood, and another severe one hit again last year.

Summary  

Dubuque Representative Rod Blum and Iowa US Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst met with the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney, to discuss how flood mitigation funds are distributed.

Scott County

The Mississippi River in the Quad Cities is now nearly half a foot over flood stage, and rising. The National Weather Service expects it to crest on Sunday 1 1/2 feet over flood stage.

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The Mississippi River has nearly reached flood stage in the Quad Cities. As of Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service says it was just below that benchmark level, and it's now expected to continue rising to two feet over flood stage by Saturday night and Sunday. 

At that level, the river affects River Drive in Moline in the 47-hundred block, covers most of LeClaire Park in Davenport, and begins to reach the flood gates in downtown Rock Island, in Schwiebert Riverfront Park. 

An Iowa jury has convicted a Dubuque man of a federal hate crime. After a three day trial, Wednesday the jury in Cedars Rapids found 40-year-old Randy Metcalf guilty of assaulting a man because of his race.

In January of 2015 at a bar in Dubuque, Metcalf kicked and stomped on an African American man until he was barely conscious. Metcalf also directed racial slurs toward the man throughout the night and showed others in the bar his swastika tattoo.

WVIK Staff

Democratic Iowa State Senator Rob Hogg from Cedar Rapids has taken on a huge challenge - running against longtime republican US Senator Chuck Grassley who's up for re-election next year. Hogg stopped in the Quad Cities Wednesday as one of 12 stops on a tour of the state to announce his candidacy.

The theme for his campaign is "Let's Make Congress Work for All of Us," and a key part of that is taking on what he calls "the defining challenge of our century" - climate change.